Nicos Souleles holds a PhD in educational research awarded by the University of Lancaster (England), and his research interests focus on elearning and technology-enhanced learning in art and design. He has a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education) from KvB Institute of Technology (Sydney, Australia), an MA in Digital Design (University of Western Sydney – Australia), and an undergraduate Honours degree in Humanities majoring in Political Science and History from the University of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia).
He has worked for twenty years in art and design education, including the University of Western Sydney (Australia), Liverpool College of Further Education (Sydney, Australia), KvB Institute of Technology (Sydney, Australia), Cumbria Institute of the Arts (England), University of Sharjah (United Arab Emirates) and is currently at Cyprus University of Technology (Limassol, Cyprus). He has extensive experience in undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum development. He refereed articles for the academic journals Higher Education Studies (published by the Canadian Center of Science and Education), the Journal of Online Learning and Teaching (JOLT), and the British Education Research Association (BERA) 2015 annual conference. In addition, he was external examiner at the University of East London, Department of Innovation Studies, BSc Multimedia Studies (2001-2004), and the International Centre for Digital Content (ICDC), Liverpool John Moore’s University (2005-2008). Currently he is the co-ordinator of the ‘Art+Design: elearning lab‘.
Fernando is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Computer Science at the School of Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Wolverhampton, UK. He also hold an honorary Fellowship at the Cyprus Interaction lab, Cyprus University of Technology. His main area of research lies in Information Interaction, HCI and Digital Libraries, focusing on Information Seeking, Information Architecture and User Experience, with a special interest on user interfaces. He has a computer science background, which he combines with digital library research to investigate how systems can be enhanced by state of the art technologies. He has published work in international journals and conferences which have been submitted to the UK REF exercise, taken part in EU funded as well as national funded projects, edited books and proceedings and successfully secured personal EU and national funding.
He has extensive experience in user study design and facilitation using cutting edge technologies, eliciting user requirements and performing systems evaluation, both within industry and academia. He also has applied development experience, with one of his mobile applications winning the digital championship social impact award and several other applications he managed being commercialised. Some of the entities he collaborates with or worked with on projects include the European Patent Office, Microsoft, Nokia, Department for Education UK, Cyprus Broadcasting Channel and the Federal Department of Antiquities.
Salomi Papadima Sophocleous holds a Doctorate in Applied Linguistics, Online English Placement Test, awarded by the University of Middlesex (England); a LittM in French Literature, UNE; an Med in Curriculum Development/Evaluation – Greek, La Trobe University; a Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL), Melbourne University; a Postgraduate Certificate in TESOL; a Postgraduate Diploma in Education – French & Greek Methodology, La Trobe University (Australia); and a BA in French, National & Capodestrian University of Athens (Greece). Her research interests focus on CALL, Language Teacher Education, Language Curriculum Development and Evaluation, and Language for Specific Purposes.
She has extensive experience in language teaching (French, Greek & English for Specific Purposes), Language Methodology, CALL, TEFL, L2 Assessment and Testing, L2 Curriculum Development & Evaluation, and in L2 teacher education and training (La Trobe and RMIT Universities, Australia; Intercollege, University of Nicosia, and Cyprus University of Technology (CUT), Cyprus), on campus/online. She is currently the Language Centre Director at the CUT and the coordinator of the Research & Cooperative & Interactive Language Learning Centre.
She refereed abstracts/proposals for conferences such as EuroCAll & WorldCALL, and articles for journals such as CALICO. She has been consultant for university course and language centre establishments, and curriculum development evaluation, teacher training and testing for the Ministries of Education of Victoria, Australia, Cyprus and Greece, examiner and chief examiner for VCE Greek, and Language Common Standards Frameworks and language curricula accreditation and review committee member (Melbourne); She has developed Greek printed/digital (Ministries of Education: Victoria Australia, Greece) and French (CIS & Heinemann, John Wiley & Sons) learning material, curriculum for ESP, TEFL, CALL, Curriculum Development and Evaluation and Assessment and Testing at tertiary level, and the (New English Placement Test Online (NEPTON) (University of Nicosia).
Salomi Papadima Sophocleous is also the orogramme co-ordinator for the MA in Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) at Cyprus University of Technology.
Dr. John Bansavich is the Director of Learning Technologies and the Center for Instruction and Technology at the University of San Francisco (USF). Dr. Bansavich also holds an adjunct faculty position in the Department of Digital Technologies for Teaching and Learning in the School of Education at USF. John earned his doctorate from the department of Learning and Instruction at USF in 2005. He has a passion for teaching educators how to implement technology solutions into their curriculum to address instructional challenges.
Dr. Bansavich has worked at USF since 1997 and has made contributions in a variety of areas at the university. His research interests are in mobile technology, iPad use in teaching and learning, faculty professional development, and evaluating innovative technologies for distance and hybrid learning. He has presented at numerous conferences on various iPad initatives he has led, the successful migration of Learning Management Systems Blackboard to Canvas, and his continued support for faculty innovation. He presented his research on iPad use along with Dr. Ben Baab at the first International iPad in Higher Education conference in Paphos (Cyprus) in March 2014. Together with Dr. Ben Baab and a dedicated team of colleagues and students, John Bansavich organised the 2nd iPads in Higher Education (ihe2016) conference in San Francisco (March 16-18th, 2016).
Stefania Savva is a PhD candidate in Museum Studies at the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom. Following on from her undergraduate studies in Primary Education in Greece, she completed an MA in Art, Craft and Design Education in London in 2009.
With experience of working as an educator in both formal and informal settings, Stefania is currently a Research Associate at the Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts, Cyprus University of Technology at the ‘Art+Design: elearning lab’ co-ordinated by Dr. Nicos Souleles.
In brief, her research interests include multiliteracies and pedagogy, elearning pedagogies and virtual learning environments, culturally responsive teaching and art and design education.
Dimitra believes that artists have an entirely different view of the world. They see more swirling shapes rather than flat surfaces. Her vision is to be able to observe the artist world through her own hands of creation. This is the main reason why she has done a foundation course on Art Media and Design and then a BA (Hons) Graphic Communication at the University of Creative Arts, Surrey.
She has also completed an MA Design Education at the University of London, Goldsmiths. Dimitra’s research interests are based on the interaction of designing and learning, and more specifically on how learning might reinvigorate designing and how designing might reinvigorate learning.
Her doctoral research is investigating design thinking and process among undergraduate graphic design students. She is interested in unpacking the process and then through action research to implement an instructional intervention.
Yiannis Mallouris is a doctorate student at the Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts (Cyprus University of Technology). He is investigating informal learning and the role of eleaning. Yiannis has an audio-visual production background, and this serves as a starting point to investigate how educators make use of videos in their teaching and how learners use it as a source for informal learning.
He has extensive experience in the field of television production and he is a specialist in post-production, 3D animation, VFX and motion graphics. He holds a Masters of Arts in Multimedia in Education and a Bachelor of Science in Communications.